• Course Code
  • MEM30219
  • Course Type
  • Accredited Course; Apprenticeship
  • Study mode
  • On Campus
  • Work Based
  • Duration
  • 24 to 36 months (1200 hours of elective units only 1000 hours maximum to be selected)
  • Starting Date
  • January, April, July and October 2020
  • Location
  • Yallourn
  • Sale (Fulham)
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Course Overview

While you complete your Engineering apprenticeship, it’s important to think about what area interests you the most. If you can see yourself thriving as a mechanical tradesperson, fitter and turner, fitter and machinist, maintenance fitter, diesel fitter, refrigeration mechanic or something similar, this is the qualification for you.

A Certificate III in Engineering, specialising in Mechanical Trade will take you where you need to go with industry-recognised skills. You’ll acquire these skills throughout your apprenticeship where you’ll mix on and off-the-job training. Each unit will give you new and exciting knowledge as you complete practical and written assessments.

Prepare yourself for the workplace with a combination of classroom-based studies and a simulated workshop environment where you can apply your newly acquired skills. Over the next three years, you’ll attend one day of trade school per week as you upskill yourself and take that knowledge back to your workplace. Become a mechanical tradesperson sooner with this beneficial qualification.


Sale (Fulham) - Tuesday and Wednesday 8.00am-4.30pm

Yallourn - Tuesday and Thursday 8.00am-4.30pm

Qualifications and Recognition

Upon successful completion of this course students will be eligible to receive the Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade (Apprenticeship).

Career Opportunities

The Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade specifies the competencies required for employment as an Engineering Tradesperson - Mechanical including the design, assembly, manufacture, installation, modification, testing, fault finding, commissioning, maintenance and service of all mechanical equipment, machinery, fluid power systems, stationary and mobile equipment, instruments, refrigeration, and the use of computer controlled machine tools.
Employment outcomes related to this qualification are found in a wide variety of manufacturing and engineering related sectors as well as Engineering Tradesperson - Mechanical roles in other industries.

Opportunities for Further Study

Further Information

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Mandatory entry requirements

  • Apprenticeship. Must be registered with the Australian apprenticeship commission. Must be an Australian Apprentice.

Recommended entry requirements

  • Cert II Engineering pathways or Engineering VETiS

Limitations to entry

  • If aged between  15 and 17 years of age will require a school release form from there school.


Not Applicable

Online requirement

Not Applicable


Course Cost

VET Student Loans

Not Applicable for this course

Help with Fees

Specialist Course Information

Specialist Course Information



Not Applicable

Pathway to Industry Licence

Not Applicable

Material and Equipment supplied by students

  • Safety glasses
  • Steel cap work boots
  • Calculator
  • Pens and blank notebook
  • Work type (non flammable) clothing.

Student Services

Support is available for students at every stage of the study journey. Please speak to any of our friendly reception or teaching staff.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Many TAFE Gippsland courses offer Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Click to learn more about RPL and how it can benefit you.

Course Structure

Course Modules

Course Units
MEM12003 Perform precision mechanical measurement
MEM05005 Carry out mechanical cutting
MEM18019B Maintain pneumatic systems
MEM18021B Maintain hydraulic systems
MEM07008C Perform grinding operations
MSMENV272 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
MEM07005B Perform general machining
MEM07006B Perform lathe operations
MEM07007B Perform milling operations
MEM12006B Mark off/out (general engineering)
MEM18003C Use tools for precision work
MEM18005B Perform fault diagnosis, installation and removal of bearings
MEM18006B Repair and fit engineering components
MEM18007B Maintain and repair mechanical drives and mechanical transmission assemblies
MEM18009B Perform levelling and alignment of machines and engineering components
MEM18013B Perform gland packing
MEM18055B Dismantle, replace and assemble engineering components
MEM06007B Perform basic incidental heat/quenching, tempering and annealing
MEM07015B Set computer controlled machines/processes
MEM07016C Set and edit computer controlled machines/processes
MEM07018C Write basic NC/CNC programs
MEM07019C Program NC/CNC machining centre
MEM07021B Perform complex lathe operations
MEM18018C Maintain pneumatic system components
MEM18020B Maintain hydraulic system components
MEM09002 Interpret technical drawing
MEM14006 Plan work activities
MEM16006 Organise and communicate information
MEM16008 Interact with computing technology
MEM17003 Assist in the provision of on-the-job training
MEM18001 Use hand tools
MEM18002 Use power tools/hand held operations
MEM12006 Mark Off/Out (General Engineering)  
MEM07005 Perform General Machining  
MEM18055 MEM18055 Dismantle, replace and assemble engineering components  
MEM11011 Undertake manual handling
MEM12023 Perform engineering measurements
MEM12024 Perform computations
MEM13015 Work safely and effectively in manufacturing and engineering
MEM07016 MEM07016 Set and edit computer controlled machines and processes  
MEM18007 Maintain and repair mechanical drives and mechanical transmission assemblies
MEM06007 Perform basic incidental heat/quenching, tempering and annealing
MEM07006 Perform lathe operations
MEM07007 Perform milling operations
MEM07015 Set computer controlled machines and processes
MEM07018 Write basic NC and CNC programs
MEM07019 Program NC and CNC machining centre
MEM07021 Perform complex lathe operations
MEM18003 Use tools for precision work
MEM18005 Perform fault diagnosis, installation and removal of bearings
MEM18006 Perform precision fitting of engineering components
MEM18009 Perform precision levelling and alignment of machines and engineering components
MEM18018 Maintain pneumatic system components
MEM18019 Maintain pneumatic systems
MEM18020 Maintain hydraulic system components
MEM18021 Maintain hydraulic systems


Assessment is competency based and includes observation, written assignments, tests and practical application in simulated workplace conditions.

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